Women who live alone are prime targets for criminals. A 54-year-old Detroit woman was home alone sleeping when she was startled awake by a man coming through her window in the middle of the night, and she was forced shoot the intruder after he failed to heed her warning. Alarm systems can go a long way towards preventing a deadly home invasion and will help you and your loved ones sleep easier at night.
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The now-ubiquitous presence of smartphones has revolutionized the home security industry. Becoming more than just a trend, the integration of home security products with smartphone apps helps homeowners conveniently monitor their property from anywhere in the world. Smartphones and home security systems work together to let you see what’s happening inside your Detroit home at all times, with the additional capacity to turn off lights, unlock doors, and disable various alarms.
Local Detroit, Michigan crime statistics are significantly higher than elsewhere in the country. Still, on average home invasion crimes are less likely to be committed when there’s a home alarm system installed. Having a home security system is crucial for residents living in and around Detroit. And today’s security technology is “smarter” than ever before. The growth of the Internet of Things and the progression of automated devices has brought connected, convenient safety to the palms of homeowners across the country. Now, the need for security products to get along with phones has become almost a necessity. And it’s not just new tech companies getting into the smart home security business—legacy security companies are molding and developing products to have compatibility with smartphones.
Here are a few home security tools that, in combination with smartphones, give homeowners a better sense of safety no matter where they are:
- Multiple camera systems have long been considered to be highly effective for home security. And wireless technology has made these once-formidable devices much more user friendly, as they no longer need a professional to install. Wi-Fi enabled cameras permit consumers to network the DVR with the Internet and view live video footage, receive instantaneous email alerts and watch recorded footage from practically anywhere via a smartphone app.
- Wi-Fi enabled cameras also include motion sensors, environmental quality sensors, along with a high sounding siren. Smart home security systems can combine surveillance with expert knowledge and control, through sensing devices. Sensors are a vital part of any home security system. Efficient sensors will transmit alerts to a smartphone when they have been activated by environmental factors, permitting homeowners to eliminate the costly middleman and monitor effectively even remotely. Homeowners can see a history of past recordings instigated by events like motion, and view the homes’ “statistics” thanks to a smartphone’s collection of digital data.
- Even the most sophisticated home surveillance system is of little use if you don’t remember to switch it on. Because we already have a “smart” device on us, that takes away a homeowner’s concern of unknowingly dispatching the police to their home because they were groping in the dark trying to recall the pass code to activate or deactivate the alarm system. A “smart” home system is aware of your arrival (thanks to the smartphone) and can shut the security system off or on, and open the door and switch on the lights as you enter the home.
A majority of what smart home security systems promise has realistically been achievable for a long time—if you had a continuous monitoring system from a home surveillance company. Now the progression and synthesis of automation of homes and home security systems is the perfect combo of always-connected convenient safety. Smartphones help you stay vigilant at all times, even if you’re far away.